Inna Orlik

Inna Orlik

"I was born in the city of Tbilisi in Georgia on May 14, 1963. I graduated from high school and at the same time I was studying in an art school (graphic class) from where I graduated with a gold medal. The following year I entered the Tbilisi Academy of Fine Arts from where I graduated with honors. Later I taught watercolor at a children’s art school while I was working in a tapestry workshop and as already a member of the Union of Artists in Georgia I took part in seasonal exhibitions.

In 1991, I flew to Greece and apparently stayed here until the present day. As I see it now I had the need to change my life so I can focus on art and creativity.

The mystery and the unconscious of the Greek mythology had my interested since I was a little kid. For a very long time I was creating icons while studying all the nuances of ancient masters. Soon, I started receiving requests for big projects for frescoes in churches. I was constantly accompanied by mysticism and I wanted to create my kind of art which is coming straight from my soul. So I stopped creating orders and immersed myself into my own creativity.

My work is graphic on canvas. The technique in which I work doesn’t meet any criteria. I use everything that I was given to know. This is both watercolor and drawing using icon painting techniques and just a state of mind and soul which is conveyed on canvas. I use various materials, starting with ink, oil, acrylic paints, egg tempera, gold and silver. All my works are created from the beginning until the very end by hand.

The most important thing in art for me as an artist is to feel that it touches to the very micro particle of your body and to be able to convey your world to the canvas. Often, there is a real attack of colors and shapes inside me that comes from the outside world which can’t be seen by the ordinary eye, but I can see, hear and feel everything. Every color has its own

sound, therefore every painting has its own music. The most incredible thoughts come to me at night when the most distinct sensations of harmony of mind and soul occur.

When I start a new painting everything happens right on the canvas. The colors correspond to the subject I have in my mind and distribute by themselves.

The most important thing in my life is to see my loved ones happy as well as the whole world.

With my works, I want to convey to people those feelings that I experience while creating art. I want to distract people from problems and transfer them to the world of harmony and happiness. "


Manos Stefanidis


Professor of History of Arts

University of Athens

To stand in front of an Orlik is more than a “viewing”, it is a “sensation” inspired by a sprawling depth of spirituality, and the currents of history, imagination and dreams. From myths that survive over time and those images of reverie which turn an often-

crushing reality into a bearable and almost poetic one.

She is the Georgian painter who has thoroughly studied painting and graphic arts, who has exhibited her works all over the world and who has chosen Athens as base for her activities. Into her extremely personal painting, she masterfully combines the technical information of the West and the fairy-like mystery of the East. Her compositions are dense, visual facts which create subjection to the viewer, due to their noble technique as well as their fertile lyricism.

In the beginning there is the firm design which consolidates the composition through its hidden architecture. Then comes the colour that expresses the internal disposition of the artist: warm red colours which are transformed into that wine made by Christ at the wedding in Cana and golden or blue-green colours–clouds that separate hell from heaven. And finally, the graphisms which, through their virtuoso sensibility, complete the illustration endowing it with transparency and lyricism. Furthermore, the artist inserts into her paintings forms from glazed ceramics, last marks of opulence of a world that no longer exists. Whoever stands in front of Orlik’s paintings sinks, almost unconsciously, into a world of magic where miracle can happen anytime.

Personally, I am touched by her compositions inspired by the Sibyls of Michelangelo at the conses of Sistine Chapel as well as by her big military saints, the Virgins with the Infant, arising out of either the orthodox tradition of the East or the Italian – Cretan baroque. The complex of Orpheus and Eurydice also fascinates me; eternally attached to an indissoluble bond of both life and death. He wants to save her through the music whereas she is thirsty for light through the darkness. Lastly, I think her art is corroborated by Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, Shahrazad’s fairytales, Leon Bakst’s scenographies and Burliuk brothers’ poetic illustrations. Namely, an art of domesticated passion and romantic magic.